Day Admits He Smoked Marijuana

Day Admits He Smoked Marijuana
Posted by FoM on April 18, 2000 at 07:24:48 PT
By Jonathan & Hank Daniszewski Free Press Reporter
Source: London Free Press
Canadian Alliance leadership candidate Stockwell Day admitted yesterday he smoked pot in high school and university. "I have done marijuana and I did inhale (but) I haven't for about 30 years," the 49-year-old Day responded to a reporter's question. 
"Most people look at 30 years ago, you know high school and early university, what a lot of kids were doing, including myself, and I think they'll see it in that context," he said. Day was on a campaign swing through Southwestern Ontario, including a stop last night before a crowd of 300 at a Sarnia town hall meeting at which the Alberta treasurer played up his Ontario roots. Sarnia is the home turf of Ontario Tory strategist Tom Long, expected to enter the Alliance leadership race. "I was born in Barrie. I lived in Ottawa for a while. I'm your guy,'' said Day. He didn't mention Long or former Reform boss Preston Manning, also chasing the mantle of the new Alliance into which the Reform party was rolled. Asked earlier in Woodstock if today's youth should experiment with marijuana, Day -- a former superintendent of a Christian school -- said, "I think it's best left alone." That's the tack taken by Manning, who's said he's never touched marijuana. Media in Ontario should lay off Day, said Bryan Thomas, whose London-based advertising firm, TC&P, will mount an ad campaign for the Canadian Alliance. "Day has been outspoken on social issues and the eastern media is trying to roast him. It's a bit of a witch-hunt," Thomas said. Day's admission about marijuana is unlikely to affect the leadership race, said UWO political scientist Sid Noel. It might even help Day by softening his image, he said. But Day will struggle against Long in Ontario, where the strategist is owed favours by those whose political fortunes he helped over the years, Noel said. fax 667-4528, or email us: newsdesk lfpress.comWoodstock:Published: April 18, 2000Copyright (c) 2000 The London Free Press, Copyright  2000, Canoe Limited PartnershipCannabisNews Articles On Canada:
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Comment #1 posted by legalizeit on April 19, 2000 at 08:03:01 PT
... how many of these political types admit they smoked pot years ago but then say it was a "stupid mistake" or something to that effect.Of course, if they drank liquor then or now (which most do) it's a non-issue!I'll bet many of these hypocrites wish they weren't in the spotlight so they could smoke it now!(Maybe they ARE smoking this deadly child-seeking drug! Let's get out those plastic pee cups and expose their personal activities just as they so want to expose ours!!)
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